Houston Dynamo vs Portland Timbers Prediction, 9/3/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Dynamo vs Portland Timbers
Date: Friday, September 3, 2021
Location: BBVA Stadium in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+106) Portland (+256)
Fafa Picault and the Houston Dynamo (3-10-9, 13th in Western Conference) play the Portland Timbers (8-3-10, 6th in Western Conference) at BBVA Stadium on Friday. The goalies who are expected to start are Marko Maric for the Houston Dynamo and Steve Clark for the Portland Timbers. The Dynamo are priced at +106 while the Timbers are at +256. The O/U is set at 2.75.
Houston took the field against Minnesota in their last match and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 2-1. The Dynamo attempted 11 dribbles in this match and were successful in 5 of the attempts for a rate of 45.5%. When talking about passing the ball, they ended up with a 90.1% passes received rate by connecting on 411 of the 456 targeted passes in their last match.
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In relation to shooting accuracy, Houston finished at a 50.0% clip by landing 5 SoT out of 10 total shots. Houston is averaging 1.05 g/90 (23 total goals) and are sitting with 16 assists In all contests this season.
Fafa Picault is a guy who can be a difference maker for the Houston Dynamo. Picault has started 133 outings in his career and he accounts for 0.35 goals per 90 mins. The forward from the United States has racked up 46 goals in 11,882 mins played. He has 21 assists while accumulating 30 yellow card warnings during his pro soccer career.
Another guy who could decide the outcome is Maximiliano Urruti, the forward hailing from Argentina. Urruti has been on the field for 15,421 minutes during 172 starts and has earned himself 23 yellow card cautions. He has assisted on a goal 25 times thus far in his career and he has scored 59 goals. He has an average of 0.34 goals per 90 mins so far in his career.
The guy defending the goal for Houston Dynamo is Marko Maric. Maric (32-48-52 record during his soccer career) has tallied 25 shutouts, which has earned him a 18.9% shutout percentage. The goalie from Croatia has seen 489 shots attempted against him in 132 career starts. His GA/90 is 1.51 (199 goals surrendered) and he is the owner of a save % of 68.1. Maric has played for a total of 11,880 minutes and has accumulated 335 stops during his soccer career.
In their last outing, Portland went home victorious with a score of 2-0 against Seattle. The Timbers finished with a 58.8% successful dribble rate by completing 10 out of the 17 dribbles they attempted. They wrapped up this contest by connecting on 388 of the 458 attempted passes for a rate of 84.7%. Portland converted 2 shots on target out of the team's 10 shots tried earning them a 20.0% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having earned a total of 29 goals and 21 assists for all their games, Portland has an average of 1.38 goals and 1.00 assist per 90 min.
Dairon Asprilla will need to provide a lift for Portland Timbers. The forward who is from Colombia has played 7,494 professional minutes while scoring 25 goals. He has accumulated 17 yellow card cautions during his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 11 times. He has an average of 0.30 goals per 90 minutes and has started 86 contests in his pro soccer career. Make sure to keep an eye out for Felipe Mora, the forward born in Chile. Mora has been handed 14 yellow cards in 13,104 minutes played (149 starts). His goals per 90 minute average thus far in his career is 0.49. He has earned 71 goals so far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 10 different times.
Steve Clark will look after the net for Portland Timbers. During his pro soccer career, Clark has surrendered 357 goals and has 850 stops in 244 starts. He has conceded 1.47 goals per 90 while holding a record of 85-70-88. He has a save percentage of 71.5 and his shutout rate is currently at 23.0%. Clark has totaled 56 shutouts and defended 1,207 shots against him in 21,887 minutes in his career.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Houston (+106)
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